Juniperus chinensis


Japanese Garden Juniper has attractive bluish-green foliage. The scale-like leaves are ornamentally significant and turn plum purple in fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. It produces blue berries from late spring right through to late winter. – Linders

Many junipers (e.g. J. chinensis, J. virginiana) have two types of leaves: seedlings and some twigs of older trees have needle-like leaves 5–25 mm long; and the leaves on mature plants are (mostly) tiny (2–4 mm long), overlapping and scale-like. When juvenile foliage occurs on mature plants, it is most often found on shaded shoots, with adult foliage in full sunlight. Leaves on fast-growing ‘whip’ shoots are often intermediate between juvenile and adult. – Wikipedia

Japanese Black Pine


The Japanese Black Pine is an evergreen. Evergreens represent longevity of 1000 years. The Black Pine is resistant to salt and pollution, the roots can grow in sand and the tree represents sea side growth & is a staple of a Japanese Garden.

“When work is done on black pine the trees must be very healthy. If they are not the results will be poor. On a healthy tree needles will be sharp at their tips and stiff. The needles should be uniformly dark green and have a shiny surface. In the spring new candle growth on a healthy tree will be at least an inch long. Weak growth is characterized by little or no elongation of the candle, with needles emerging very near to the base of the bud. Black Pines that are perpetually kept weak will sometimes put out small buds in the interior of the branches that do not produce needles for many years.” – The Bonsai Society of San Francisco

Candles on a pine are the long, tender shoots that appear in Spring. An entire branch, sub branches, and needles are condensed into thin fingers or candle-shaped growth. They are usually in clusters with one dominant or larger candle surrounded by smaller candles. The dominant candle becomes a long, straight branch and the smaller candles become its side branches. – Don Pylant

Alan Watts ☮ The Way of Waking Up


Someone who thinks all the time starts to only think about thoughts and therefore loses touch with reality & lives a life of illusion.
Neither past nor future exist, there is only the eternal “now”.

We confuse the map with the landscape.

WAKE UP! What is reality? Reality is this. We know what is is, we just can’t describe it.

In meditation we are only concerned with what “is”, nothing else.
The past is a memory, the future is an expectation.

Alan Watts – Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching


Tao is the elusive fabric that holds all there is.
Te is unconscious virtue.
When you hear well, you never hear your ears.
The highest knowledge is not know-how it is no-how.
Stop getting in your own way.
When your clothes are comfortable, you don’t feel them.
The better they are made, the more properly they fit.

There isn’t any fixed good or bad. There are only moment to moment perspective.

There is no difference between you and the object you are observing. You are both parts of the same construct. If there is any knower at all it contains the known. Your mind, if you have one, is not in your head. Your head is in your mind.

Knowledge is like the expansion of the flower from the bud to the stem.

Welcome to the Liu Fang Yuan Chinese Garden


A classical Chinese Garden “Liu Fang Yuan” (or Garden of Flowing Fragrance) opened in spring 2008, the largest of its kind outside China. Located in San Marino, CA.

True to Chinese garden tradition, the design respects the existing landscape of the site. Sheltering woods were left undisturbed to create a sylvan backdrop. A man-made lake shimmers in the same deep spot where water naturally collected on the Huntington n property after heavy rains. Chinese architecture and rocks from China’s Lake Tai, placed around the water’s edge, balance native features such as California oaks. Respect for the site also extends to adapting some of the traditional elements of Chinese garden design to meet local seismic safety and wheelchair accessibility needs.

Chinese garden Liu Fang Yuan in Huntington Library

Japanese Traditional Herbal Medicine – Kampo medicine


Kampō (or Kanpō, 漢方) medicine is the Japanese study and adaptation of Traditional Chinese medicine. Today in Japan, Kampo is integrated into the national health care system. In 1967, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare approved 4 kampo medicines for reimbursement under the National Health Insurance (NHI) program. In 1976, 82 kampo medicines were approved by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Currently, 148 kampo medicines are approved for reimbursement. [1]

Rather than modifying formulas as in Traditional Chinese medicine, the Japanese kampo tradition uses fixed combinations of herbs in standardized proportions according to the classical literature of Chinese medicine. Kampo medicines are produced by various manufacturers. However, each medicine is composed of exactly the same ingredients under the Ministry’s standardization methodology. The medicines are therefore prepared under strict manufacturing conditions that rival pharmaceutical companies – Wikipedia


The Japanese traditional herbal medicine, Kampo, has gradually reemerged and 148 different formulations (mainly herbal extracts) can be prescribed within the national health insurance system. The objective of this article is to introduce Kampo and to present information from previous clinical studies that tested Kampo formulae. In addition, suggestions on the design of future research will be stated. The literature search was based on a summary, up until January 2009, by the Japanese Society of Oriental Medicine and included only those trials which were also available in either Pubmed or ICHUSHI (Japan Medical Abstracts Society). We included 135 studies, half of these studies (n = 68) used a standard control and 28a placebo control. Thirty-seven trials were published in English [all randomized controlled trials (RCTs)] and the remaining articles were in Japanese only. The sample size for most studies was small (two-third of the studies included less than 100 patients) and the overall methodological quality appeared to be low. None of the studies used Kampo diagnosis as the basis for the treatment. In order to evaluate Kampo as a whole treatment system, certain aspects should be taken into account while designing studies. RCTs are the appropriate study design to test efficacy or effectiveness; however, within the trial the treatment could be individualized according to the Kampo diagnosis. Kampo is a complex and individualized treatment with a long tradition, and it would be appropriate for further research on Kampo medicine to take this into account. – Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011; 2011: 513842

How to Bonsai – Focus on the Roots


In this video I demonstrate how to reduce and prune the roots of nursery stock to get it out of soil and into bonsai soil mix. The material is Parrot’s Beak. Instructions for bonsai on how to create, care, trim, design, grow, fertilize, collected, buy, show, display bonsai trees – OrlandoBonsaiTV

How to Care for the Lotus Berthelotii –

Parrot’s beak is a sun-loving perennial that can be grown as an annual in areas below U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 10. Parrot’s beak can also grow as a tropical houseplant or hanging plant, providing year-round greenery indoors.

Better Homes & Gardens

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
To 8 inches tall
Plant Width:
To 2 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Privacy,Slopes,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Easy to Grow

Orientation to Zen 01 – Zazen (Zen Meditation)


Instruction on posture and technique for Zen meditation practice (zazen). The first video in the Victoria Zen Centre’s Orientation to Zen Buddhist Practice Online Course. For details

If you have been exploring Buddhism and Zen and are wondering how to take the next step on the path of Zen Practice, look no further. Our Online Orientation to Zen resources have been created to help you develop a consistent and stable Zen practice, no matter where you are – ZENWEST

Alan Watts – Zen bones and Tales @YouTube


Zen says that there is nothing to teach. Only you can reveal your own truth.

Words and descriptions of ideas conceal the truth of what Zen is.

ZEN IS NOT: a set of ideas, a philosophy, a net to catch ideas of reality.

The Universe is like water. Learn how to swim.

Now you see it, now you don’t. Yin & Yang

You are that and you forget. WAKEUP!!!

Buddhas are enlightened humans unafraid to be human.

The wisest man uses his mind as a mirror. Reflects but does not keep.

Living without hangups drifting like a cloud and playing like water.

Become completely aware of the absolute now and live inside it.

What is Zen? When hungry, eat. When tired, sleep.

Japanese Tea Ceremony : the hot water of tea

Suffering does NOT build character

Letting Go = Zen Flesh
Knowing You Are IT = Zen Bones

Bodhisattva comes back because of the realization that all are enlightened creatures just hidden behind the veil of ignorance.